Recent Reads

Before I forget how to write anything but a weekend recap, let me talk to you about some books I’ve made my way through recently.  Mostly I want to tell you that, while it took me over a year, I finally finished reading The Stand!  By the end, I felt like I’d been on as much of a journey as all the characters and between finishing that behemoth and finishing my re-read of the Harry Potter series, it’s really been a year for me 😛

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The Stand by Stephen King

The backstory is that I agreed to read Joey’s favorite book and he agreed to read Harry Potter.  Fair’s fair.  And even though I kept getting interrupted, every time I picked up this up, it was like being greeted by an old friend.  It’s long but it’s all so expertly written and none of it feels unnecessary or purposeless or boring.  The characters (and there are MANY) are all so well-fleshed out.  There’s dimension and complexity that would be impressive if given to one character, but that he’s able to do it with so many characters truly blows me away.  Not to mention the plot.  It felt so genre-defining.  I’m so glad Joey pushed me to read this one because, whoa, what a book!

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

This book is so incredibly beautiful.  I tried really hard to explain what it was about to my mom and struggled because, though the actual plot of the book only takes place across a few days, there is just so much happening.  It takes places across generations, across cultures and across realms but it’s so seamless in its fusion of all these elements.  There is a supernatural element that never once feels hokey or out of place and I found the sense of unease and sadness that lingers over this whole story to be so moving.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

First and foremost, this is obviously a very funny title.  I felt like I had to hide the cover when I brought it into work but my friend Ari made the mistake of listening to it out loud at work and that makes me laugh every time I think about it.  There most definitely are erotic stories for Punjabi widows written out in the book.  Anyway, to me, this book felt lost between being a story about sexual liberation, the difficulty of being a second generation Indian woman and… uh murder?  That last part felt like it was tossed in as an attention grabber.  Like maybe the author or the publisher didn’t feel like a story about “old” (some of them are in their 40s!) women would be interesting enough so “we need to sensationalize it!”  As a result, the women didn’t feel well-developed — and some of them seemed like they could have been very interesting, if given the attention — and the main character, Nikki, just wasn’t that likable.  Still, it was a fairly entertaining read.

I just picked up I know this much is true (I’m formatting it as it appears on the cover, but not capitalizing all those words felt so wrong!) and it’s 901 pages long, so I guess I’m a glutton for long reads.  What are you reading right now??

Weekend Things

Does anyone else feel like they blinked and October was (basically) over??  Right now, I am staring up at the calendar pinned to my wall and seeing Rockies games at the very beginning of the month and thinking “yes, I certainly remember that” but now it’s two days from Halloween and the weeks between feel like a blur!  This weekend did feel slower paced though, so I suppose I have that to thank for my semi-composed attitude heading into the final days of October.

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Fletcher was in town for a last minute work trip so we spent Friday night with him + Hannah and Josh and, for a brief but adorable moment, little Mason.  We, as quick as we could, went home to tend to Andi Dog and grab something to eat (Brider does a mean sandwich!) so we missed Mason playing in pumpkin guts but he was kind enough to stay awake long enough to see him in his dino jammies ♥

Afterward, the adults carved pumpkins — LOL at Josh’s “nerd pumpkin” — then maybe ate double dessert before calling it a night.  See you in December, Fletcher!

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Saturday morning was pretty lounge-y and then we made our way over to a 1st birthday party.  When we left, the birthday boy was OUT but I did see video proof that he eventually woke up for his shark-shaped cake!  I got a late afternoon mani and went with black for the first time ever.  I kind of love it!

Back at home, we took the doggy on a walk then remembered a few things we’d been wanting to do, aka putting “B-O-O-K-S” letters on the little library and planting garlic!  The first project turned out GREAT (thanks, Joey ♥) and hopefully by the spring, we’ll know if the second one turned out as well.  Spicy Kale and Coconut Fried Rice — I loved the addition of the coconut flakes! — and The Witches of Eastwick rounded out the night.  No offense to Cher, who is a goddamned queen, but that movie is not great.

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First thing Sunday, we got up and went for a run!  I was sort of impressed with myself.  Afterward, I made up these Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, which were delicious but I think I liked the ones from two weeks ago better and I also should have photographed Joey’s plate instead because it was all decked out in powdered sugar and looked better than mine.  Joey headed out to watch football, so I did one boring chore (cleaning the bathroom, boo) and one fun “chore” (homemade chai!) before heading out myself to do some shopping.  It was actually a very successful trip too!

Back at home, I read in the backyard for a bit and you would not believe how nice it was outside!  Upper 70s and sunshine ♥  We sat out there to do our monthly “get your head in the game for next month” meeting before walking Andi and cooking dinner.  We made this One-Pan Baked Salmon and watched Clue (we recorded all the Halloween movies on Free Form in case you couldn’t tell :P).  I loved both!

Happy Monday!